a fanlisting

A fanlisting is a group of people who like something: i.e. a group of people who like wolves. All a fanlisting is is a list of fans to do with that particular person, item, or object; it joins together people with similar interests.

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy is an ever expanding series of games. XIII is the thirteenth game in the mainline series, and is part of Fabula Nova Crystallis, a subseries encompassing Final Fantasy XIII, what became Final Fantasy XV, and Type-0, and the idea is that they use the same mythos and ideas to tell different stories.

What starts out as a mission to rescue Lightning's sister, Serah, goes drastically wrong when the lead heroes become l'Cie, and are thus outcast from Cocoon. They must fulfil their Focus, or they face an eternal future as a monster, a Cie'th. Lightning and her friends decide to go against their Focus of destroying Cocoon, eventually learning the motives of those around them and the corruption of Cocoon itself along the way.

Snow Villiers

Snow Villiers is one of the main characters of the Final Fantasy XIII saga. In XIII, Snow is a playable character; in XIII-2, a guest party member; and finally, in Lightning Returns, an NPC and boss. Primarily Snow majors in the Commando, Ravager and Sentinel paradigms with his strength and HP being his greatest assets. In magic terms, he's most proficient at ice attacks, and his Eidolon is the Shiva sisters, Stiria and Nix. Out of the original group of l'Cie, Snow is the only one to be a l'Cie for all three games.

Prior to the start of the narrative, Snow is the leader of NORA, a group opposing the Sanctum and mostly operating in New Bodhum. His girlfriend, Serah - who also happens to be Lightning's sister - is branded as a Pulse l'Cie by the fal'Cie Anima, and when Serah tries to break their relationship off for his own safety, Snow insists on sticking by her. And stick by her he does: Snow proposes and Serah becomes his fianc e, and as the game progresses, his main motivation once the party are branded as l'Cie. It's Snow's boundless optimism that sees the party through, even when they feel like giving up, and his big personality and warm heart manages to win them all over in the end.

In the original ending of XIII, Snow is reunited with Serah, and he and Serah finally receive Lightning's blessing. However, the timeline is altered so Lightning never returned to Gran Pulse with the others, and Serah is the only one to remember her smiling and laughter. A couple of years later, Snow decides to go on another journey to find her, to help Serah and Lightning reunite with one another. This is how he gets rebranded as a l'Cie by Cactaur, so that he can traverse the timeline upon Lightning's request and help to fix it, in his own way. In Lightning Returns, Serah's death lays heavily on Snow's heart, and five hundred years has gradually changed the once jovial, bright young man into one who sees no future and wishes for death in order to be reunited with the woman he loves. Through it all, though, Snow's one desire remains the same: to be a hero, and to help save everyone. As Noel puts it damn the consequences, damn himself.

I was probably not the only person who, at first, wasn't really sure what to make of Snow. He's a ridiculous over-optimist, a guy whose subtleties amount to crashing through the front door first no questions asked and everything work out for him due to dumb luck and persistence. But through all that, Snow is the epitome of a hero. He is incredibly selfless, and for those he calls friends or is allied with, Snow doesn't forget. Snow will go to the ends of the earth for the people he loves and he won't stop until he finds a way - he resolved to wake Serah up even when Lightning gave up, resolved to fight and break free of an undesirable Focus when the rest of his party are still coming to terms with it, resolved to find Lightning for Serah even when there was no evidence save Serah's word that she wasn't inside the pillar holding up Cocoon, tried to save Fang and Vanille when the pillar was under threat... what matters to Snow is helping people, and it doesn't matter what happens to himself in the process.

And that's really why I love him. His devotion, his desire to aid and support others around him; what you see is what you get with Snow, and he really is a sweetheart. And even though I love all the XIII characters a lot, Snow is just as important to me. He's the one who had to work the hardest for me to fall in love with him for who he is.

That and his reversed character arc is fascinating to me. He really goes through the ringer.


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